Stars chomp Wings


Published: Sunday, January 29, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 29, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
DALLAS - Mike Modano pounded a shot into the top of the net in the first extra round of a shootout, giving the Dallas Stars a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday in a thrilling game between the top two teams in the Western Conference.
Dallas goalie Marty Turco beat Detroit for the first time in 11 tries - and this would've been the toughest for the former University of Michigan star to get over had Modano not bailed him out.
After two superb periods, Turco had the penalty that led to the Red Wings' lone goal early in the third period. Then, with Dallas leading 2-1 on the third round of the shootout, Turco appeared to have won the game by forcing Henrik Zetterberg to miss wide right but a replay led to him being called for throwing his stick at the puck.
Detroit goalie Manny Legace stopped Antti Miettinen on Dallas' third chance, forcing an extra round. Turco then redeemed himself by popping Robert Lang's shot over the goal and Modano followed with his blistering shot past Legace.
The Stars - playing their third game in 3 days - won their fourth straight, the last three in shootouts. Dallas is a league-best 8-0 in shootouts and has 70 points. The Red Wings, who upped their West-best point total to 71, are 1-1 in shootouts.
Sergei Zubov and Jussi Jokinen also had shootout scores for Dallas. Jokinen is 8-for-8 in shootouts and Zubov 5-for-8.
Jere Lehtinen scored for Dallas in regulation, and Tomas Holmstrom scored for Detroit.
  • HURRICANES 4, THRASHERS 1: Justin Williams and Erik Cole scored in the first period, Martin Gerber stopped 17 shots and host Carolina won on "Ron Francis Night."
    Newly acquired Anton Babchuk had his first goal for the Hurricanes, who won their team-record ninth straight at home to increase their lead over Ottawa to four points in the chase for the NHL's best record. Overall, they have won 13 of their past 14 games.
  • RANGERS 7, PENGUINS 1: Jaromir Jagr shook off of a cold and had two third-period goals and an assist, helping the host Rangers overcome Sidney Crosby's 25th goal. The Penguins lost for the 12th time in 13 games.
    Martin Rucinsky had a goal and two assists, and Jason Ward had one of each for the Rangers, who have won four of five.
  • CANADIENS 4, MAPLE LEAFS 3 (OT): Saku Koivu scored a power-play goal at 1:04 of overtime to lift visiting Montreal and hand Toronto its eighth straight loss.
    With Toronto's Alexander Khavanov serving a penalty for holding, Koivu stuffed the puck past goalie Mikael Tellqvist.
    Montreal trailed 2-1 in the third, but Alex Kovalev and Jan Bulis scored within 35 seconds of each other to give the Canadiens a 3-2 lead. Kovalev scored twice for the Canadians, who finished 2-4 on their trip.
  • ISLANDERS 4, BRUINS 3: Alexei Zhitnik and Mark Parrish scored 20 seconds apart midway through the third period and visiting New York killed off a late two-man power play.
    The loss snapped Boston's season-best stretch at 5-0-2 and halted its three-game winning streak. The Islanders, who outshot Boston 51-44, have won all three games against the Bruins this season.
  • MIGHTY DUCKS 6, KINGS 2: Corey Perry had two goals and an assist, Scott Niedermayer added a goal and two assists, and visiting Anaheim tied a franchise record with four power-play goals.
  • BLUE JACKETS 4, PREDATORS 3: David Vyborny scored the second of his two goals with 1:23 remaining to give the host Blue Jackets a comeback victory.
    Rick Nash, who assisted on Vyborny's quick shot from the slot, and Duvie Westcott also scored for Columbus, which came from behind to win for the second night in a row.
    Rostislav Klesla had three assists and Jan Hrdina added two for Columbus, which has won eight of its last 11. Scott Hartnell, Adam Hall and Yanic Perreault scored power-play goals for Nashville.
    Chris Kunitz scored his sixth goal in nine games and had an assist, helping the Ducks win at Staples Center for only the second time in their last 14 trips.
    Joffrey Lupul and Ryan Getzlaf also scored, and Andy McDonald had three assists. Teemu Selanne had two assists, giving him 20 points in his last 14 games.
    Michael Cammalleri scored a pair of power-play goals for the Kings.
    Trent Hunter and Mike York also scored for the Islanders. Brad Boyes, P.J. Axelsson and Patrice Bergeron scored for Boston.
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